Future City Competition—Judges Manual



Engineers Week Committee, a consortium of professional and technical societies and U.S. corporations


To help rate and rank design projects and essays submitted to the Future City Competition

What is measured

Design, writing, and presentation skills

Target population

7th- and 8th-grade American students

Item format

Scoring sheets with numerical scales (e.g., 0–5 and 0–10) to indicate performance on various parameters

Sample size

Approximately 30,000 students each year

Frequency of administration

Yearly since 1992




In the Future City Competition, teams composed of three students, a teacher, and an engineer-mentor create a computer city design with SimCity software and a physical, scale model of part of the city. At the competition, students deliver a short, oral presentation to the judges in which they describe their model and computer simulation. The students also write an essay that describes how technology can meet an important social need. In 2005, the essay topic was “How can futuristic transportation systems effectively use aggregate materials—crushed stone, sand, and gravel—as a basic construction product?” Winners of regional competitions are invited to a national competition in Washington, D.C. The

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